Vedder will perform with Pete Townshend at a The Who benefit concert in May
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined The Sonics onstage for their Record Store Day instore performance on Saturday (April 18) in Seattle’s Easy Street Records.
The Pearl Jam singer took the mic for a performance of ‘Leaving Here’, a track taken from The Sonics’ new album ‘This Is The Sonics’, their first since 1967. Watch a fan captured clip of the performance below.
‘This Is the Sonics’ follows the band’s reformation in 2007. The band formed in 1959 and helped lay the foundations for modern rock’n’roll with distortion heavy classics ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Witch’.
The band released their debut album ‘Here Are The Sonics’ in 1965, following it with ‘Boom’ in 1966 and ‘Introducing the Sonics’ in 1967, disbanding around the same time.
The new album comes from three original members of the group, Jerry Roslie on vocals and keys, Larry Parypa on vocals and guitar and multi-instrumentalist Rob Lind.
‘Leaving Here’ was originally written by Motown songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1963 and first recorded by Eddie Holland. It has since been interpreted by artists including the Birds, Motörhead and The Who.
The Who’s version reportedly inspired Pearl Jam to cover the track, which went on to feature on their 1996 benefit compilation ‘Home Alive’ and become a fixture of their live shows.
Eddie Vedder recently revealed that he will be performing songs by The Who with Pete Townshend at a benefit concert in Chicago next month. Townshend will be joined by a host of guests to run through his band’s back catalogue at the Rosemont Theatre on May 14, with Vedder on vocals.